Necromancer's Apprentice


Skins, bones, tendons & other amusing things
Some birds sure are ambitious looking for nesting material :)
Eurasian magpie, Pica pica

Some birds sure are ambitious looking for nesting material :)

Eurasian magpie, Pica pica

All behold this majestic creature, the mighty Wood Pigeon! 
King in the North of Pigeons!

All behold this majestic creature, the mighty Wood Pigeon! 

King in the North of Pigeons!

Did my first butterfly framing today! :D

The frame is second-hand, it had some rubbish dried flowers in it when I bought if for £2 in a charity shop. I can’t afford new frames ;P It is very nice and very convenient, thought. The rear panel is sturdy and attached with screws, making access ridiculously easy. I added an off-white paper background and a piny piece of styrofoam to attach the pin to. The specimen is a Hypolimnas salmacis from Africa. The species label is on the reverse of the frame.
What do you guys think? :)

Did my first butterfly framing today! :D

The frame is second-hand, it had some rubbish dried flowers in it when I bought if for £2 in a charity shop. I can’t afford new frames ;P It is very nice and very convenient, thought. The rear panel is sturdy and attached with screws, making access ridiculously easy. I added an off-white paper background and a piny piece of styrofoam to attach the pin to. The specimen is a Hypolimnas salmacis from Africa. The species label is on the reverse of the frame.

What do you guys think? :)

mariden said:
Daaamn. Who do you buy these from? I live in Poland and I’m dumb ‘cause I don’t know.

Bought them on Allegro :) Message me if you’d like to know more.

Pozdrawiam!

Received a mixed box of coolness from Poland today :D

I bought all these items myself, but it was so long ago that unpacking them feels like christmas, haha!

The butterflies will ultimately be framed and will join my mother’s and mine little gallery on the landing upstairs. The male Cressida cressida on the fourth photograph will need its abdomen re-attached…

The two blue fox pelts have incredibly thick, soft fur. One will be for sale, so contact me if you’re interested! The red I bought because the two already won are just too… red, and this one has completely different colours.

The wild boar skull is far from perfect - it’s pretty greasy, there are missing pieces of bone on the underside and the nasal bones were completely butchered. I will also have to put one of the tusks back together as it broke into several pieces in transit. Still, it was dirt-cheap and will make a nice piece of decor :)

~Part 2~

Today was the first sunny day in a while, so my mother and I decided (okay, I decided) to visit one of the coolest places in Leicestershire - Bradgate Park. It’s home to many species of birds as well as herds of red and fallow deer. I’ll spare you the details about the place, but make sure you visit if you’re ever in the area.

Anyway, I spent the happily day birdwatching and practising wildlife photography (which for now I do more for the record and less for the art).

The species I’ve spotted and managed to identify were:

  • Grey wagtail, Motacilla cinerea (not pictured)
  • European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis (not pictured)
  • Common chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs (not pictured)
  • Eurasian siskin, Carduelis spinus
  • Blue titCyanistes caeruleus
  • House sparrow, Passer domesticus (not pictured)
  • Redwing, Turdus iliacus
  • Western jackdaw, Corvus monedula
  • Carrion crow, Corvus corone
  • Common wood pigeon, Columba palumbus (not pictured)
  • Grey heron, Ardea cinerea (not pictured)
  • Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
  • Tufted duck, Aythya fuligula
  • Mute swan, Cygnus olor
  • Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

This list should be much longer, but I’m only a novice birder and I can only identify a couple of birds by hearing as of today.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photographs. The hardware I used was Canon EOS 550D with a  EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens.

~Part 1~

Today was the first sunny day in a while, so my mother and I decided (okay, I decided) to visit one of the coolest places in Leicestershire - Bradgate Park. It’s home to many species of birds as well as herds of red and fallow deer. I’ll spare you the details about the place, but make sure you visit if you’re ever in the area.

Anyway, I spent the happily day birdwatching and practising wildlife photography (which for now I do more for the record and less for the art).

The species I’ve spotted and managed to identify were:

  • Grey wagtail, Motacilla cinerea (not pictured)
  • European goldfinch, Carduelis carduelis (not pictured)
  • Common chaffinch, Fringilla coelebs (not pictured)
  • Eurasian siskin, Carduelis spinus
  • Blue titCyanistes caeruleus
  • House sparrow, Passer domesticus (not pictured)
  • Redwing, Turdus iliacus
  • Western jackdaw, Corvus monedula
  • Carrion crow, Corvus corone
  • Common wood pigeon, Columba palumbus (not pictured)
  • Grey heron, Ardea cinerea (not pictured)
  • Black-headed gull, Chroicocephalus ridibundus
  • Mallard, Anas platyrhynchos
  • Tufted duck, Aythya fuligula
  • Mute swan, Cygnus olor
  • Moorhen, Gallinula chloropus

This list should be much longer, but I’m only a novice birder and I can only identify a couple of birds by hearing as of today.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the photographs. The hardware I used was Canon EOS 550D with a  EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II lens.

I mentioned a while ago that I had another pinniped on hold for me. I was told a few days ago that someone else was interested in it so, having just received my bursary, I decided to act quickly and snatch it up.

And so here it is :) A beautiful skull of a harbour seal, Phoca vitulina. I don’t know the sex, but it is 21 cm long so a nice adult animal. There are some signs of wear on the teeth which, interestingly, makes them even sharper! One small bottom premolar is missing (not shown).

It is slightly larger than my young grey seal and unmistakably different. I shall post comparison shots soon.

I am falling more and more in love with pinnipeds and I’m really excited to add another representative of the earless seals to my collection. Let’s  one of my dreams will come true one day and I will obtain the elusive leopard seal!

I went to London’s Natural History Museum this Saturday. It was my first time going on their Spirit Collection tour where I saw, among others, an 8,5 m Architeuthis dux squid,a rare coelacanth egg and several specimens collected by Charles Darwin himself. The Spirit Collection is vast, containing millions of specimens, and only a tiny portion of them is available for visitors to see. Even fewer are constantly on display and free to photograph. 

I took some shots which I thought turned out well and wanted to share them with you guys :) I had to split them over two posts. Watch out for part two!